If you haven’t tasted our Westmorland Pepper Cake yet you are missing a real treat? Our delicious moist fruitcake is made with plump raisins, sultanas and black treacle with the addition of some rather unusual spices including cloves, ginger and ground black pepper representing the history and heritage of our county. Cumbria is the only place in the world to achieve double UNESCO World Heritage status.
It has a very special meaning for us to have developed this recipe, which includes some of the spices that were originally traded for wool during the 18th & 19th century. During this time the West Cumberland coast was the hub of trade in the North of England and on the West coast of the UK. Regular imports from the far reaches such as pepper and other spices, as well as molasses, rum and sugar, greatly influenced the cuisine of the region and were bought in exchange for the local wool. Who would have imagined exotic ingredients brought in by Britain’s vast trading network would now be our every day store cupboard ingredients?
Our Westmorland Pepper Cake has a strong link to the surrounding counties and local history. Combining elements of traditional British cooking with imported spices, it is a reminder of the historic ties Britain had with its empire. As far as we know we are the only food producer baking this delicious cake after and we certainly didn’t want this to be forgotten and the Slow Food association agreed too when they awarded us one of their highly coveted “Forgotten Food” awards. After experimenting with old family cook books & local library archives we believe we have developed a recipe that is an authentic recreation of the original. We hope you agree will be bold enough to give it a try; it’s the perfect partner to go with your favourite cuppa!
Stop press! We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Cumbria Life Food Awards 2018 and are in good company in a fabulous line up with out neighbours Lovingly Artisan who make the most amazing range of sour dough bread using heritage grain and Lakeland Mues who produce the delicious Great Taste Award winning muesli range. Good luck to all the winners will be announced on 22nd March at an award ceremony at Kendal College hosted by Jay Rayner.